matt | May 24, 2007
So, um, I just got off the phone with a nice lady from Google… She was trying to fill a position and was basically trying to headhunt me into it. Since she sought me out, I figured that I would at least speak with her.
The real problem is “location”. None of the places they have is a place I want to be, and at that the discussion basically ended…
However, it was interesting.
matt | May 24, 2007
So, I'm back from Vegas without incident. Things have been a little busy since getting back, however.
matt | May 22, 2007
Your Score: Neutral-Good
74% Good, 46% Chaotic
Plane of Existence: Elysium, “Blessed Fields“. Description: The plane of peace. Notable Inhabitants: Guardinals – noble immortal humanoids with bestial features.
Examples of Neutral-Goods (Ethically Neutral, Morally Good)
Cloud Strife (FFVII)
Sidhartha Gautama (the Buddha)
Bilbo & Frodo Baggins
The Dali Lama
Ben (O-Bi-Wan) Kenobi
Often goes along with the laws and desires of the group as being the easiest course of action, but ethical considerations clearly have top priority. May pursue quite abstract goals. Often aloof and difficult to understand.
Will keep their word to others of good alignment
Would not attack an unarmed foe
Will not use poison
Will help those in need
May work with others
Indifferent to higher authority
Indifferent to organizations
Neutral Good “Pure Good”
A neutral good [person] will obey the law, or break it when he or she sees it will serve a greater good. He or she is not bound strongly to a social system or order. His or her need to help others and reduce their suffering may take precedence over all else. Neutral good [people] do good for goodness’ sake, not because they are directed to by law or by whim.
This alignment desires good without bias for or against order.
Other Alignments and Tendencies (Tendenices are what you would more often sway towards; esp. for Neutrals):
0-39% Good, 0-39% Chaotic: Lawful-Evil
0-39% Good, 40-60% Chaotic: Neutral-Evil
0-39% Good, 61-100% Chaotic: Chaotic-Evil
40-60% Good, 0-39% Chaotic: Lawful-Neutral
40-60% Good, 40-60% Chaotic: True Neutral
40-60% Good, 61-100% Chaotic: Chaotic-Neutral
61-100% Good, 0-39% Chaotic: Lawful-Good
61-100% Good, 61-100% Chaotic: Chaotic-Good
|Link: The Alignment Test written by xan81 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test|
matt | May 16, 2007
Liz kind of begrudgingly allows my compulsive letter-writing to fight legislation I don't like, often to the exclusion of all else (for example, I haven't done as much on the house as I would like). I appreciate this, and I love her for it. Yesterday, she told me that it could be much worse, and she appreciates that my eccentricities are basically free.. unlike this fellow who is younger than me and something like 2.2 million in the hole from a bunch of real estate transactions. He lied on mortgage applications, then blogged about it, and many of the real estate ventures in which he is engaging have ended up being foreclosed. So, it could be worse… 🙂
matt | May 15, 2007
There are a pile of bad bills before congress now. This is the first which I have dissected, here.
In other news the Attorney General wants to increase penalties for copyright infringement – including life in prison for running pirated software. I suggest writing your congresspeople, as this violates a couple of core legal tenets: (1) The punishment should fit the crime. If I can get more jail time for running a pirated version of Photoshop than for running a meth lab, that's just wrong. (2) Copyright infringement should be a civil, not criminal matter. As much as big media would like to have you believe it, copyright infringement is not the same as robbery.
I will be commenting on this more later.
matt | May 14, 2007
matt | May 14, 2007
Since the article I posted earlier was an editorial, I just wrote them a response.
To the Editorial Staff of the New York Times: When I read the Editorial entitled "Silence On Guns" as was published May 10, 2007, I could not help but be insulted. The writer of the editorial capitalized on the Virginia Tech massacre to criticize the current administration on two gun-related issues. The first was the passage of the much-maligned Tiahrt amendment, which prohibits the release of firearms trace data except as part of a bona-fide criminal investigation. The second is regarding the bill S 1237, which is currently before the Senate and seeks to allow the Attorney General to prohibit gun sales to suspected terrorists. The argument put forth in the editorial is fundamentally flawed, since neither of these bills would have stopped the Virginia Tech massacre. The Tiahrt amendment has nothing to do with prohibiting the sale of firearms and therefore does not apply here. Furthermore, S 1237 would only have applied if the shooter was on a terrorist watch list and the Attorney General chose to block the sale. Since no one has mentioned that he was a suspected terrorist, I presume that this would not apply either. Now, had you really wanted to be clever, you would have used the massacre to argue for the passage of HR 297, which aims to improve the NICS background check system to include more information to prohibit gun sales to more individuals. However, not only did you fail to construct a cogent argument for the points you were trying to make, but you missed the completely obvious one right before you. In conclusion, I would appreciate if, in the future, you didn't insult your readership with obviously fallacious arguments, as we are smarter than that.
matt | May 13, 2007
Just so folks don't think that I've been letting my culinary skills wane, we have had a few interesting gastronomic events lately.
Last weekend my folks came up for a “see the house and early Mother's day”. Ribs were had. There was what purported to be traditional South Carolina style barbecue style, which consisted of a dry rub and a tangy tomato-based barbecue sauce. We also did another style, which had a spicy pomegranate glaze. The Carolina style was quite good and worth having again. The pomegranate ones were interesting, but were probably just a one-off. We also had grilled sweet potatoes brushed with a honey-lime glaze (very good), grilled peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes, and a green salad. My folks brought cake for dessert.
Today Liz and I made a brunch for Liz's Mom, which consisted of crepes with a tangy yogurt/cream cheese/orange filling and topped with a strawberry sauce, an fruit salad with melon, banana, mangoes, kiwi and strawberries, strawberry bellini (strawberry puree and prosecco, which is a sweet Italian sparkling white wine), a melon puree “shooter” topped with crispy prosciutto, a smoked salmon and cream cheese fritata (yes, it was some of our Alaskan salmon, yes I smoked it myself, with applewood). There was also some leftover melon and prosciutto, so I wrapped the melon with the prosciutto (because what else would one do?). Liz also made some chocolate orange mini cheesecakes which, as always, were quite good.
In other news, I pulled out the old, mostly broken bathroom vent and light and replaced it with a new one. Of course, this one dates from when the house was built, which means that they put it in, then put in the ceiling and the floor. This means that I can't actually get at where it was screwed into the floor joists. Of course, I don't want to cut through the floor to get at it from the top, so I used the sawzall to cut the screws and pull it out of the ceiling. The other one went in quite easily, although it doesn't quite fill the hole, so I need to pick up some drywall, furring, joint compound and fill around the hole. It won't match, but we're going to redo that bathroom anyway.
I'm also working up some gun-related political stuff (the laws here in NY are especially brain damaged, and the Democrats basically lied to get themselves back in power, and I suspect that they've basically cost themselves the next election, just like back in '94 with the old AWB). I will link to them here when they are complete.
Anyway, so that's pretty much what's going on right now.